A DECISION on the preferred developer of a landmark coastal building is set to be announced next month.
Last year two companies had expressed an interest in bringing the Grade II listed Dome at Whitley Bay back into use.
An announcement by North Tyneside Council was expected at the end of 2010 but more time was required by the two bidders, with a decision now expected in March.
Both interested parties had shown an interest in making the Dome at the Spanish City site a major tourist attraction.
A Whitley Bay Area Forum meeting last September heard that once a preferred developer had been chosen, work on the site could start later this year.
Proposals by both potential developers included new attractions and places to eat.
Speaking on Tuesday, a council spokesperson said: “This is a highly complex procurement exercise, which has led to both bidders needing additional time to provide further information.
“We have recognised this need and, as a result, we now expect to be announcing a preferred developer in March.
“While we recognise this delay may be disappointing, the refurbishment and reuse of the listed Dome building is a crucial regeneration project and our decision to grant this extension is with the aim of getting the best possible outcome for Whitley Bay and North Tyneside.”
Last September, a number of special events were organised by the council to celebrate the Dome’s centenary anniversary.
Work was carried out last year on making the Dome watertight and windproof, as well as giving it a new coat of paint.
The two dancing girls on its roof were removed, restored and put back in place.
And it was that restoration work which sparked the interest.